GULAEBAGHAVALI-Review


Produced by-KJR Studios

Written & Wielded by-Kalyaan

Cast-Prabhu Deva, Hansika Motwani, Revathy, Munishkanth, Anandraj, Mansoor Ali Khan, Yogi Babu, Madhusudanan,  Sathyan & Naan Kadavul Rajendran

Censor Rating-U

Running Time-129 minutes

Rating-***

Dons getting double crossed by their hirelings is no new concept especially with respect to themes that are centred round treasure hunts! But this flick which is a fantasy adventure comedy film gives the theme a new treatment which eventually makes viewing interesting to a very great interesting!

Indeed it is surprising to note that Prabhu Deva is still able to fully justify the title, elastic man as he still manages to showcase his silver quick reflexes at a lightning speed despite his age! A good show by the dance-choreographer turned actor turned director! Hansika Motwani who was cast by him opposite Jeyam Ravi in Endrendrum Kadhal keeps him good company; so do the others as Munishkanth and Yogi Babu! Of course, Revathi deserves special mention too!

The backdrop is a village named Gulaebaghavali where a treasure has been buried years earlier (in 1945!) and a don (Madhusudhanan) who seeks the help of a relative (Anandraj) who in turn deputes three small time thieves-Badri (Prabhu Deva), Viji (Hanshika Motwani) and Munish (Munishkanth) to go and retrieve it! A fourth candidate, Masha (Revathi), also a small time criminal joins them on the way and it is jointly decided to stage a gateway after unearthing the treasure and kiss a goodbye to the don! But can they hoodwink the don is all what the film is about!

The film has an array of stars who manage to make their presence felt in their own way backed sufficiently by very many funny situations!

This wacky comic caper reminds us of Maragada Nanayam but steers through another route through which the filmmaker transports the audience with a good amount of confidence!

Sathyan as the bubbling cop creates a flutter!

The director has done some good homework while being creative in mounting the scenes over the situations-sample this-the manner in which the diamonds are hidden!
The film doesn’t showcase a single hero as all the other three too appear as protagonists in their own right having a scene of introduction too!

The film goes overboard at places in the guise of humour but the narration is refreshing enough to sustain the interest of the audience!

Had the screenplay been a little more gripping the film would have shone several notches better!

There is a scene in the film which makes a reference to the 1955 film by T.R.Ramanna, of the same name with the late matinee idol M.G.R. in the lead. The director has tactfully devised a special flashback sequence to connect the two films!


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